Cath Senker

Cath Senker - Author, editor, teacher

With 30 years’ experience in publishing, I have written around 170 children's books, ranging from history, biography, global and social issues to world religions, human geography and environmental topics. I also write for adults. You can buy Stranded in the Six-Day War here

I am part of the Hopeful Solidarities project team, which explores spaces and possibilities for hope and solidarity in Brighton and Hove. Photography gallery here. We are collaborating with QueenSpark Books to create a book about migration in our city.

In December 2018, Far From Home, Refugees and Migrants Fleeing War, Persecution and Poverty won the 2018 Educational Writers' Award.


I edit children's educational, trade and fiction titles; adult non-fiction and craft books; academic reports and online materials. I commissioned and edited the Royal Literary Fund (RLF) Consultant Fellow academic writing blogs.


I am a Lecturer in Academic Skills at the University of Sussex Law School, offering academic advice to students in one-to-one and group sessions, and undertaking research.

As a volunteer, I teach English to refugees and migrants at the Migrant English Project and co-run Story Tree, a story-reading group for refugees at Jubilee Library, Brighton.

Featured Book

Stranded in the Six-Day War

The extraordinary story of the 14 merchant ships trapped in the Suez Canal at the start of the Six-Day War in June 1967.

Listen to a podcast. Watch the Al Jazeera documentary. Watch the France TV film (in French).

This is a brilliantly researched and written account of an almost forgotten incident in the 1967 Middle East war. It's full of tasty nuggets of detail. The war stranded ships that were passing through the Suez Canal, and created a unique community of marooned seafarers. Recommended.

Jeremy Bowen, August 2017 (BBC Middle East editor and author of Six Days: How the 1967 War Shaped the Middle East).

Stranded in the Six-Day War, Cath Senker

From my blog

Refugee Week 2023 poster with smiling children

Refugee Week visit to St Christopher’s Prep School, Hove

‘Thank you for coming in yesterday. The children really enjoyed your session and we've raised lots of awareness and money for Care4Calais which is wonderful.’ Rhona Sykens, Year 5 teacher, 23 June 2023   For the ...
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Reteach website

Irish history from the Irish perspective

In April 2023, on the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday agreement in 1998, I was invited to speak in a podcast about Irish history for an ALCS Reteach podcast. Reteach is a fantastic toolkit ...
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An illustration of Jewish migrants arriving from Russia and Poland in the late 19th or early 20th century (The History of London)

Carrying the past

When I’m talking to friends and acquaintances from war-torn countries, I don’t ask why or how they escaped. After many months, one friend shows me a video of their bombed home in Damascus. A young ...
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